CSA Week 1

Welcome to the 2017 CSA Season!

We are thrilled to start our 9th CSA season–some of you have been with us from the very beginning! Thank you! And thank you to new members who have put their faith in us to provide delicious nutrient dense vegetables all season long!

In this weekly blog, I will post the contents of the box. The highlighted vegetables in the list can be clicked on to link to additional information and recipes. Need to know what the heck the green pencil-thin curly things are in this week’s box? Click on “Garlic Scapes” to find out! I will also use the blog to post a few recipes specific to the box and share farm news and updates.

We hope you enjoy the season–we think it’s off to a great start!

This Week’s Harvest

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Bok Choy

Radishes

Romaine Lettuce

Spinach

Swiss Chard

Salad Mix

Garlic Scapes

Dill

Potted Basil Plant

 

Farm News 

The farm turns 10 this year! We’ve made a lot of progress over the years but one thing kept holding us back- our poorly drained and heavy soils. So this winter we got tile installed throughout the entire farm.

The timing could not have been better as this has been an overly wet spring! We have gotten 9.5 inches of rain since April 28, but have managed to stay on top of planting and have healthy looking and weed free crops. In years past large rain events have wiped out crops and kept us from planting and cultivating for weeks. We are still adjusting to our new drainage–making it out into the fields way sooner than we were thinking has left us pleasantly surprised multiple times this past month. And with each new rain fall, the drainage seems to be getting even better! We are so excited!

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Cultivating on the tractor in between spring rains
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No puddles here! In the past, heavy rain would have led to mucky walking rows

 

We are pleased to bring you this first harvest–full of greens typical of this time of year and other spring treats. Here are a few recipes to give you ideas. Also check out the Facebook Group where we have a season’s worth of archived recipes from CSA members! There is a search engine feature. I typed in “Bok Choy” last night and 8 entries followed. The meatball recipe below was one of them! There are also lots of CSA related food blogs out there. My favorite is our very own CSA member, Kirsten Madaus, whose blog is Farm Fresh Feasts

Recipes

Greek Spinach and Dill Rice (Spanakorizo)

Shanghainese Lion’s Head Meatballs (you can use 1 tablespoon minced garlic scapes in place of onion and garlic)

Caesar Salad with Creamy Garlic Scape Dressing

 

 

 

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